Professor Laurie R. Blank


2017 JURIST Contributing Editor: Law of Armed Conflict

As Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Laurie Blank teaches international humanitarian law and works directly with students to provide assistance to international tribunals, militaries, non-governmental organizations, and law firms around the world on cutting-edge issues in humanitarian law and human rights. Professor Blank is the co-author of International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War, a casebook on the law of war. She is also the co-director of a multi-year project on military training programs in the law of war and the co-author of Law of War Training: Resources for Military and Civilian Leaders. In addition, she is the series editor of the ICRC’s teaching supplements on IHL, was a term member of the American Bar Association’s Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security (2011-2014), and a member of the Public Interest Law and Policy Group’s High Level Working Group on Piracy. Before coming to Emory, Professor Blank was a program officer in the Rule of Law Program at the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, she directed the Experts’ Working Group on International Humanitarian Law, in particular a multi-year project focusing on New Actors in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law.

Professor Blank received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was the Henry L. Boudin Fellow for Human Rights. She also received her M.A. in International Relations from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, and her A.B. in Political Science from Princeton.

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